Aaron Paul’s ‘Bad’ trip

'Breaking' character was almost killed off

To think — Jesse and Walt almost didn’t make it to a second season of “Breaking Bad” together.

At the end of the show’s first season, “Breaking Bad” creator/exec producer Vince Gilligan planned to kill Jesse, the youthful meth dealer played by Aaron Paul, in the season finale. But as Gilligan and producers thought about it, they realized Jesse had become central to adding nuance to the Walter White character played by Bryan Cranston.

On Sunday, Cranston celebrated his third consecutive lead drama actor win while Paul reveled in his first win for supporting actor.

“I am so grateful,” Cranston said. “It’s like having a great meal to do the show and to win the Emmy is like a beautiful flambe dessert. … I feel like I am going to become a diabetic.”

Emmy came as a sweet belated birthday present for Paul, who turned 31 Friday.

“Vince was going to kill off Jesse,” Paul noted, marveling at his good fortune. “Thank god that he didn’t. Maybe this will give me some longevity on the show.”

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